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Psychology Intern

Duties for Psychology Interns at Hope Rehab vary depending on qualification and experience, but include the following:

  • Group therapy observation up to twice a day.

  • Managing information and general administration support.

  • Developing new ideas for group therapies.

  • Monitoring and reporting of clients.

  • Do assessments and phone calls to prospective clients.

  • Pick clients up from and drop them off at the airport.

  • Participate in staff meetings, give feedback.

  • Do intake of the clients on arrival/bag search.

  • Participate in all sport activities.

  • Supporting and assisting in group and individual activities or outings.

  • Participate in meditation sessions.

  • One-on-one sessions with clients on assignment work.

  • Be a positive role model for the community.

  • Write articles for Hope’s blog.

  • Show willingness to learn and work hard.

Health Science Internship

Physical therapy interns needed in addiction rehab setting using a sports psychology health and wellbeing exercise program. Physical education counsellors are educators who instruct and encourage our clients in health, fitness and sports activities. Hope rehab is a therapeutic community helping people recover from addiction and mental health issues. The internship role involves:

  • Health and safety.

  • Motivating and inspiring.

  • Presenting and public speaking.

  • Active listening and counselling.

  • Critical thinking and giving feedback.

  • Monitoring.

  • Assessment and screening.

  • Coaching and training.

If you are interested in an internship at Hope Rehab, please get in touch with us by dropping us an email via enquiry@hoperehabthailand.com.

Intern Requirements

To be eligible for an internship or a volunteer program, the following criteria is required:

  • A willingness to learn and participate in a rehabilitation program.

  • To take part in the daily program, including exercise, mindfulness, and activities.

What you’ll be doing…

Examples of intern responsibilities might include the following assignments:

  • Group work, one-to-one with clients.

  • Attend meetings and interventions.

  • Assist staff members with program-related tasks and projects.

We choose applicants solely on their merit and not because of other factors such as nationality, gender, sexual preferences, race, or religion etc. Volunteer assignments are strictly unpaid and without financial compensation. However we do provide full accommodation, 3 meals a day and all activities are paid for.

Jolenta – Psychology

Jolenta is a 23-year-old intern from the Netherlands. She is currently studying Applied Psychology at Hanze University Groningen. She is grateful to be part of the Hope team and is excited to learn from others. Especially the holistic approach of Hope spoke to her. Here she brings in practice what she learned during her studies. She uses her cheerfulness and enthusiasm to help clients in any way she can.

Melissa – Social work intern

Melissa is a 24-year-old intern from the Netherlands. She finished her bachelor social work and will be at Hope for 6 months. During her study she worked in the addiction care for 4 years. In the first 3 year she worked in different functions in a day-care organization in Leeuwarden for (addicted) homeless people and facilitated the day activities. For the last internship she worked for a year in the addiction care in Groningen. This was out-reached assistance and target audience varied. In that year she contributed in a project for addicted street prostitutes. She is a passionate social worker who offers empathy and understanding.

Charly – Psychology

Charly is a Psychology Graduate from Germany. She finished her Bachelor in the Netherlands last year and decided to explore the work field of Psychology before specializing. She is passionate about Yoga, Mindfulness, holistic health and the different ways our mind and body are connected that’s why she is enjoying the work at Hope so much with its holistic approach including fitness, meditation and mindfulness next to the Counselling.

“I believe that we are all shaped by our experiences but even more in our minds’ capability to adapt and evolve. Hope has taught me a great deal about how important and motivating it is to keep working on ourselves.”

Carson – Psychology

Carson is an Intern from Texas. He has a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on the Forensic side of the field. He came to Hope to get more experience in working with people. What he likes most about work is seeing the progress a person can make. At Hope he enjoys guiding clients by leading meditations and motivating them in their recovery and personal growth. He is often organizing fun events for the clients to help them expand, have a good time, and recover.

“I have realized that’s it’s during times that I am far from my comfort that I experience myself and life the most.”


Rosa – Psychology

Rosa is a 23-year-old Psychology intern from the Netherlands, who is currently studying at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She is willing to face a new challenge and learn everything that has to do with various addictions. She thinks the holistic approach of Hope is an inspiring way to look at addiction from different perspectives. Before coming to Hope, she was working at the national suicide prevention in the Netherlands where she worked with people who were suffering with suicidal thoughts or plans.

What Rosa learned particularly, was the solution oriented approach and motivational interviewing techniques to help these people. At Hope she can use this by working one-on-one with the clients, especially to guide them in their recovery plan for when they will leave Hope. She is using her positive attitude, natural way of making contact and enthusiasm to help the clients the best way she can. Since she is playing soccer for a long time now, she can share her joy and qualities with the clients every Saturday on the football field against the Thai police team.

“I love to see the progress the clients make in their time at Hope. From the moment of picking-up anxious and unhealthy persons until seeing them leave as strong, courageous and happy persons.”


Kris sports psychology intern

Sports Psychology Intern Kris

Kris is an intern from the Netherlands. He is studying in Amsterdam to become a social worker, but came in contact with Hope through a minor he did in sports psychology. He has learnt a lot during his experience at Hope, not only as a professional but also as a person. When looking for an organisation to do his internship he found out that the more clinical approach doesn’t suit his vision on how to help people. He feels very grateful to have found Hope which works with a holistic approach, having sports and meditation as a big part of the program.

Along with the tasks that come with being part of the support staff, he also offers personal training. In these sessions he prefers working with body weight exercises. His goal is to create a strong connection between the mind and the body, creating a mindful experience by involving the breath properly.


Max psychology intern

Max Psychology intern

Max is a Psychology intern from the Netherlands, who is currently studying at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He’s eager to be a part of the Hope team, to learn and grow during his time in Thailand. Before coming to Hope, Max has worked with people who suffered from vascular dementia. He was partnered with an elderly man. What fascinated Max the most, was that even though there was a major age gap between him and his partner, they had a lot of fun together.

Next to being partnered, he was active in a daycare for people with vascular dementia. Max’s strengths are his positive nature, enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to help. You can expect honesty, straight-forwardness and great music suggestions.


Psychology Intern Laura

Laura – Psychology Intern

Laura is a Psychology intern from the Netherlands, who is currently studying at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She is grateful to be at Hope, and is excited to be part of the Hope community, to learn from others and help people in any way that she can. Prior to her internship at Hope, Laura has worked with people who suffered from mental health problems and addictions. Her role was to comfort people, listen and work on their personal goals towards recovery. This experience has made a big impact on her and she was amazed by the growth and strength of the clients she met.

Sunny – Volunteer

Sonny is a regular volunteer at HOPE, helping out wherever or however needed, whether it be driving folks to where they need to go, being a facility repair handyman, assisting HOPE’s kitchen staff with shopping for groceries, or helping clients with their recovery step work to prepare for successfully managing life in sobriety. Simon and Alon were two of Sonny’s counselor’s during his rehab, so when Sonny found out they were starting HOPE, he asked if he might give service time to others trapped in addiction by volunteering during his time off from his regular job. In his “everyday” life, Sonny is a Training, Learning and Development Supervisor for an international Oil & Gas Drilling Contractor, responsible for the Quality Assurance and Control Aspect of Training, Learning and Development as it relates to industry, company and adult learner requirements.

Sunny loves his job and the opportunity it offers to work with a talented training team of peers to serve such a diverse range of clientele and tackle industry challenges across a broad range of environments.  His appreciation for and dedication to teamwork stems from his combined 26 years as a military SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Instructor for the U.S. Air Force and as an international military contractor, working globally but primarily in the Middle East during that time.

As for many in military and contracting life, alcohol was a centerpiece of his activities…positive, negative and otherwise.  Sonny had always thought that he would “know” when his drinking might go too far, and that he could certainly stop any time he chose to because it was just a matter of “Will Power”.  Finally, after quite a few failures to stop drinking on Will Power alone, and some very supportive and loyal friends, Sonny came to realize his life had become completely unmanageable with, and because of, his drinking. Faced with losing everything or getting sober, Sonny chose to seek treatment…and has never looked back.


Corneel, intern at Hope Rehab Thailand

Corneel – Intern Socialwork

Corneel is a 30-year-old intern from the Netherlands. He is a trained social worker, who is currently studying at the Noorderpoort College and will be at Hope for 6 months. Being clean and sober for 4 years now, Corneel wants to give back by helping and supporting others on their journey towards recovery. Corneel worked as a mentor for one of the biggest addiction clinics in the Netherlands VNN for 18 months.

Corneel’s key achievements were working as a motivational speaker for the clients as well as offering support to the parents and carers of those in treatment, helping them to get a better understanding and widen their knowledge of addiction. Promoting support and educating wider society, both at VNN and local Universities/ schools, teaching students about drugs, alcohol and addiction as well as prevention. Parallel to his work for the addiction clinic, Corneel did a one-year internship at a ‘walk-in’ house for the homeless. There he met people struggling with addiction, social anxiety, panic attacks, feelings of futility, estrangement and those who heard voices and self-harmed, had difficulties with mood swings or to keeping to a daily routine. He was able to expand his horizon, broaden his skill set and learned a lot about the often overlooked groups in our society. Corneel’s strengths are his personal experience with addiction and his cheerful, positive nature. He is a good listener and a great motivator. You can expect honesty, straight-forward answers and constructive feedback, as well as a good sense of humour.

Nina, intern at Hope Rehab Thailand

Psychology Intern Nina

Hi, my name is Nina, and I am a 21-year-old intern from the Netherlands. I have worked at Hope Rehab for the last five months(22/11/16-22/04/17) and loved the experience. I got to observe all the therapy groups, join the mindfulness and meditation. I got to join the activities and exercises and create workshops. After observing the program and getting to know the clients I got more responsibilities. I got to work with clients one-on-one, and I learned a lot about coaching. I had the opportunity to lead meditation and lead a mindfulness eating group.

I really liked that I could set up my own projects and present them to the counselling team. I also got to work on a group about community with a counsellor where I learned a lot about presenting, leadership, and how to work with a group. The team is very supportive, and I could ask for feedback anytime. Hope organised a support staff meeting with interns, volunteers, and support workers every Wednesday to motivate, support, and encourage each other. The support staff can also give feedback to one another. I really love this, because it makes the team stronger and helps us to grow. If you take a lot of initiative and connect with the clients, you will have a great internship guaranteed.

I love to see how the clients are becoming vulnerable in group therapy and what strengths come from those moments. To see this transformation is just incredible.
Psychology Intern Pepjin

Psychology Intern Pepijn

As an applied psychology student it has been a great experience to do my internship at Hope Rehab. When I first came here, I was quite nervous. Questions like ‘Are the clients going take me seriously?’ or ‘Am I going to fit in?’ popped up in my head. I recommend to every new intern to first observe how everything is done here. Try to be present at all the group activities and help out as much as you can. If you have any questions you can go to any staff member. Everyone here is really supportive.

Hope puts emphasis on sportive activities because a healthy & fit body plays a significant role in recovery. I like the fact that I can participate in these sportive activities as well as motivate clients to get active. It’s nice that there is room to set up your own things, e.g. jogging or create your own boot camp. I really enjoy seeing clients getting fit and feeling better about themselves. For me, that is highly rewarding. Regarding my studies, I learn a lot by observing the counsellors during group therapy and by speaking with them about their one-on-one sessions with clients. It’s inspiring to see how they put their knowledge into practice.

At Hope, there are enough opportunities to bring in your own ideas. You can pitch them to the counsellors during a weekly meeting to see if they’re good enough to be put into action and you can ask for feedback as well. I let myself be inspired by the clients when I am creating a new group or exercise. It’s also nice to contribute to the organisation’s culture. Just an example: We are currently trying to create a stronger bond and better communication among the support staff and interns. That will further improve the already good work climate and make certain processes more efficient. For me, this is what makes the internship experience here at Hope really amazing.

Psychology Intern Isabelle

Psychology Intern Isabelle

Hi, I am Isabelle, and I am interning at Hope Rehab until the end of June.  I am originally from the Netherlands, where I studied Clinical & Health Psychology. After finishing my Bachelors, I really wanted to gain practical work experience, which is why I applied for the internship at Hope. What interested me about Hope is the holistic approach to treatment. I have learned a lot about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in my studies but I wanted to learn more about different forms of treatment as well.

I’ve been working here for 1,5 months now and I have in fact already learned a lot. I was introduced to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and I got to witness how family constellation therapy works and what TRE (trauma/tension release exercise) is. So far I got to observe a lot of group therapies, varying from process groups to CBT-focused groups. I also lead some of the meditations, which is something I really enjoy doing because it not only useful for the clients, but it makes me feel more grounded as well. I also do intakes with new clients, and register feedback from leaving clients. I am starting a Masters course in Clinical Psychology in September, for which I will also have to do an internship. I think that my experience at Hope really prepares me for that next step and helps me grow as a professional in the mental health sector.

There is a meeting every week for support staff, volunteers and interns, in which everyone can raise personal and work related issues. This has been very helpful; working here means that you have to be a role model and reflecting on a weekly basis helps us grow on a professional, as well as a personal level. We also have a weekly opportunity to pitch ideas to each other for group therapies or to practice leading those groups. In the next couple of months, I hope I will be able to create some ideas for group therapies and to take on some coaching activities to complement the one-on-one sessions with clients.

In this internship, you learn how to be a part of a team of professionals, how to take the initiative as well as how to interact with clients, set boundaries and reflect on you own behaviour as a professional. Learning these interpersonal skills is invaluable to me, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Psychology Interns Mina & Melissa

Hi! My name is Mina, I’m a 22 year old student, studying at the University of Essex in the UK. I will be interning here at the Hope Rehabilitation Centre until the end of September, when (unfortunately) I have to return to complete my final year at University. I am a very active person, and extremely passionate about helping others, my aim is to become a licensed psychologist – working at Hope is a great opportunity. I love it here, the grounds at Hope are beautiful.

My name is Melissa. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and have studied both at the University of Geneva and the University of California in Los Angeles. I previously worked in an Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles as a Community Mentor, and I’m excited to now be at Hope as an intern to further my experience.

Coming to Hope Rehab Thailand is the biggest and best decision I have ever made. Being here is an amazing experience and experience is the key word here. Every day of my internship I learn new things. I feel confident and supported by my colleagues as a full member of the team. Honestly, it is a wonderful place to be.

Psychology Intern Niels Nijland

It has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. The first two weeks I was adjusting to the new routine (getting up at 6 in the morning was not something I usually did) and the new place where I was going to spend the next six months. Luckily for me the staff at Hope are really supportive. They involve you in everything. I got to sit in every group, do all the activities.

What I really started to love about Hope were the people involved and the way they interact with each other and with me. There is a mutual respect between clients and staff that makes for a really nice atmosphere. My first weeks I engaged in everything, made long days but it was worth it. After a while I got more responsibilities. I also found it very important to try and connect with the clients. Read more about Niels experience here…

Kim Pascoe, Intern

Psychology Intern Kim

It has been an incredible privilege to do my rehab internships as part of the team at Hope. Since completing a Masters of Applied Psychology in Hong Kong, I was searching for an opportunity to continue my long-term career goal of working in the field of addiction. My first impression upon arrival was that Hope provides a very relaxed, therapeutic, and friendly atmosphere. The team was very accommodating and helpful, welcoming me to gain the practical experience I had been searching for, fulfilling every requirement necessary.

As there isn’t a lot of focus or education about addiction, despite the fact that it is so prevalent, it was very refreshing to know that part of the philosophy at Hope is that by helping to train interns, it allows people like me and others to have the opportunity to help addicts globally.

The comprehensive ‘hands on’ experience with professional supervisors enabled me to participate in both group and individual processes, case management and intake and discharge procedures. In group sessions clients would present their step work, learn CBT tools, positive affirmations and work on self- esteem and personas, goals and relapse prevention just to mention a few. I feel I have been given the chance to gain confidence outside of the academic environment as well as the opportunity to participate in all off-site activities such as AA and NA meetings. I was also more than welcome to join in morning exercise and other daily activities such as yoga, pilates, Thai boxing, meditation, tai chi and mindfulness classes.

I will be taking away an invaluable experience, not only on a professional level but as a personal growth experience.

I came to Hope as a psychology intern. Thank you for offering me the opportunity of an internship a few months ago at Hope Rehab. Working with the group and with you was very enriching and fulfilling and I still think fondly of this month and experience. Despite having a large and diverse team, you were obviously a leader with great talents to sum up and bring new ideas and energy to the discussions, both to the team and the clients. I learned so much with you that I could not learn in university or at any school I guess, so thank you again.
Nerissa, intern at Hope Rehab

Nerissa – Hope’s First Intern

My name is Nerissa Hoogmoed and I am Hope Rehab’s first intern. I have been asked to share my experience with you. This is not perfect, because experience doesn’t translate to words very well but I will do my very best. Working here as an intern is like being a full member of the staff. Fortunately, I am supervised very well. I am supervised by a teacher from school and also by the head counsellor here. Hope Rehab offers a lot of learning opportunities and it is a safe place to learn.

I have been given the opportunity to be a full member of the team and counsel clients as well as doing group sessions. I set up relatively short training sessions to teach clients and colleges about various different subjects. Last but not least I do solution focused one-on-one sessions. This is a technique to motivate clients, during 45-minute sessions, in a very positive way.

  • Intake assessments
  • Take clients to the hospital

  • One-on-one sessions

  • Groups therapy sessions

  • Exercise

  • Guide on excursions

Volunteer Program at Hope Rehab Center Thailand

Volunteer & Support Staff at Hope Rehab

It is the philosophy of our program to provide a service for others, and we encourage people to continue this by giving back. We appreciate these precious contributions and welcome volunteers in a number of capacities. If you are interested in donating some of your valuable time or talents to Hope Rehab Center, please contact us.

Please note, that volunteers may provide treatment services to our clients. In exchange for your services, we will provide you with three meals a day and free accommodation. Thank you for helping us save lives through recovery!

Your duties and tasks as a volunteer vary depending on qualification and experience, but include the following:

  • Help clients with assignment work

  • Check in with clients and make sure they’re okay

  • Attend all NA and AA meetings

  • Role model with your actions and behaviour

  • Promote the activities offered throughout the day

  • Make sure there are enough water bottles the fridge and group rooms

  • Help with activities during the days (e.g. shopping trips)

  • Morning wake up and rounding up clients for groups/activities

  • Assisting with check-ins and bag searches

Are there any requirements for volunteers?

Most Hope volunteers are graduted clients who have worked extremely hard on their recovery and been a role model to the whole community throughout their stay. It is possible though to become a volunteer at Hope without prior treatment here. Please contact us and inquire! Each application will be assessed individually. To become a volunteer you should have personal experience with addiction & recovery. People, who want to get back into the field of addiction treatment are welcome as well. Volunteering at Hope might also be a good idea if you would like to be introduced to working in the field of addiction treatment.

How to apply for the Hope intern program

You’re interested in an internship or would like to become a volunteer at Hope Rehab? Great! Please drop us a message via the contact form below and let us know who you are, why you’d like to join the team, what you have to offer, and the dates you’d be available for.

    You’re interested in an internship or would like to become a volunteer at Hope Rehab? Great! Please drop us a message via the contact form below and let us know who you are, why you’d like to join the team, what you have to offer, and the dates you’d be available for.

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